Name of place
In this part of world lots of things changes very fast. One of them is name of places, mostly towns but also and some villages too.
I notice in VT base that they keep old name for towns and villages (in time of Yugoslavia) in Republika Srpska entity but "update" names in Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina. I think that having current information IS MUST AND THAT THIS PRACTICE IS MISLEADING for all potential visitors.
I planning to create another review with information about it. Already on my individual page I post notification in intro about current name and information about municipality or canton they belong since this is how you will know where you find information about public transportation.
Yet, this part of world is still touristic enigma and it could result even more confusion for potential visitors.
Unique Suggestions: Try to find out more about places you intend to visit and spread your online search on various language in order to get as much useful information you could. Facebook is great resource for this more then any other social media. That kind free advertising people like here and you could find lots of information there about places, shops, restaurants, hostels, etc.
Fun Alternatives: Make friends with locals. Ask for advice and clarification. Many people here will have basic knowledge of English or be at least enough kind to try to understand and help visitors.Related to:
- Road Trip
Traveling by bus
One of problems that I find here is non existing bus related information for majority of companies.
Note, balkanviator is nice project but not perfect. I find it useful its base of bus companies. For timetable is partially correct and most of it is non exists. Apparently that some bus companies recognized its popularity and collaborate with them. Most information I looking for are partially and nonexistent. I hope that will changes especially because we all need those information and especially tourist related on it. So, I had situation that I reply on forum and give information about local and international bus for example from Doboj (BiH) to Belgrade (SRB). Try it in that site and look what you can find!
Actually, there is four regular bus lines from Doboj (BiH) to Belgrade (SRB).
Another example, Istočno Sarajevo (bus station Lukavica) had several direct lines to Belgrade (SRB) and you can find it here - http://www.centrotrans-ad.com/English.aspx
So to summarize - there no any complete bus related online base on Balkan who can give you all information you need.
Note - I support any effort to help potential visitors and my activity here on VT is also my contribution to it! I just find sad when realized that some people change it itinerary because don't know relevant information.
Unique Suggestions: It i better to use for online search correct name of place (with characteristic symbols) and type "turizam" or "autobuska stanica". For touristic destination like you ask there no any problem to find information online. Then, once you there you can see it in person.
Problem is that you actually first can find local bus company and find information. This is moment where balkanviator can help you but still this is not perfect answer. There is so many local bus companies around Balkans that is so hard to have all information on one place. I hope that this will change in future. And base is formed on base of names of company not on its seats and it can be hard to find it relevant information.
In facebook you can find much better information but sadly even then you cannot solve all your bus related problems.
Often you will need any kind translator to find real local names of places and translate information you get.
Fun Alternatives: Do your homework! You don't need just give up after one view of first site that come up.
What about you still come in your destination?! Search first big near city!
I cannot imagine that any of places in country is hardly accessible whole year around. Snow can be problem!
Then, go to touristic information and local bus station and ask in person!
Then enjoy in your vacation!
Then put all information you find it in your own VT page! Wrote how you arrived and how you departure, what about other available bus connection, any other transportation and after all, why you come there - lots of ideas for nice page!
It is fun and education task!Related to:
- Road Trip
- Business Travel
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Bosnia and Herzegovina is full of fortress, ruins and other real statements of undefined past. That is good and I love to find it. But usually I find it that is just - objects. Usually they are famous photo object, top touristic attraction and familiar sight but without any tour guide or any services (any kind) it could be a bit disappointment. Plus, it could be badly damaging by recent visitors and poorly maintenance. They are great photo objects and usually great viewpoint but some of them are hardly reachable. No good clear signs, directions or paths. Mostly there are lots of flora and connected fauna (snakes mostly). Sadly, even mines sometimes.
Sadly, this touristic potential is not enough exploited. Is not enough to put it photos on postcard or even in guide books. I hope it will change soon!
Unique Suggestions: Take photo of it and if it possible photo of panorama from it.
Fun Alternatives: Still take the photo with in. Keep low expectation and your need for hedonism and take your trash with you!Related to:
- Historical Travel
The castles and fortress
There are many remnants of the castles and fortress all over B&H. Most of them have been destroyed in the past centuries, likewise in the recently passed war. When visiting them, take good care if you see the sign PAZI MINE, it is warning for the mines. The best is if acompaigned by the locals, they know how to save you from possible troubles.Related to:
- Family Travel
Passport/Border Crossing Croatia
This is not a tourist trap but rather a friendly reminder: As many combine a Bosnia trip with a vist to Croatia/Damatia, keep in mind that the Dalamtian coastline is interrupted by a tiny piece of Bosnia, the sea resort Neum. So when you travel Mostar via Neum to Dubrovnik, you will have multiple border crossings and passport controls - keep your passport always at hand and not in your luggage.Add to your Trip Planner
In many countries the taxi mafia is active,
If they see a tourist they see the dollars and try to cheat you.
So don't be naiv, Get a feeling for the right price by asking other people.
Always ask for the price before you get off.
Always look what the driver does if he uses the taxameter.
If you drive by day be sure that he doesn't use the night tarif.
Be careful that the taxameter is not tuned.
Unique Suggestions: Pay and try to do better next time!
Fun Alternatives: Use publc transport!Related to:
- Budget Travel
I know there's lots of warnings about this. Buth there are bombed out villages all over the country. Don't be tempted to explore until you are sure the landmines have been cleared.
You can only hope that the occupants got away firstRelated to:
- Historical Travel
If you don't have KM (Konvertible Mark) the people will take EURO without problems.
But be careful. Some want more from you.
Unique Suggestions: Don't get in. Say the price you want to pay.
Fun Alternatives: In all Banks. The EURO is accepted and they will give you the fixed rate
1 € = 1,95583 KM.Add to your Trip Planner
Medjugorje...Religious Shrine or Tourist Trap?
In the 1980's six children saw apparitions of the Virgin Mary in the small town of Medjugorje. Now every year hundreds of thousands of Catholics make the pilgrimage to this location, even though the Catholic Church has not sanctioned the apparitions. I am Catholic and was very moved when I visited Fatama (in Portugal) so I had to visit Medjugorje. It was an interesting place I am glad I went, but well…I wanted to believe but some of the facts are disturbing….
First of all, about 85% of the people in Bosnia are Serbian Orthodox or Muslim. Bosnia has a long history of ethnic cleansing based on religion.
Before the Apparitions Medjugorje was a very isolated small town located in the Western Part of Bosnia, next to the Catholic Country of Croatia…in an area that many of the Croatians feel is their own. Croatians say that this area is the “stomach” of Croatia and should be returned.
Since the Apparitions the economy of Medjugorje is thriving and its position as a Catholic area seems very secure. The “visionaries” will meet with you, allow you to stay in their home and even speak to the Virgin Mary in front of you.
Unique Suggestions: Keep your mind open when you visit...maybe your experience will be different than mine.
I do know people who went to Medjugorje on a religious pilgrimage had life altering experience. So maybe the difference is that I went as a tourist and was unable to find the right people or group to join in with.
For those of you who do go be sure to bring a good pair of hiking boots and your rosary beads and hike up the hill doing the stations of the cross. This is the only area where I really felt a special presence. It was amazing to watch women hiking up a hill filled with sharp rock in their bear feet. The amount of devotion that must take is awe inspiring.
Fun Alternatives: I found Fatama Portugal to be much more inspiringAdd to your Trip Planner
We found on more tahn on occasion we had to change our route due to rock falls or collapsed roads so take care. The main road from sarajevo to Mostar & Croatia is absolutely fine.Related to:
- Road Trip
War is over but...
Don't be surprised seeing many destroyed, burnt out and empty houses and many burnt out cars by the road. And don't be afraid like me haha - it's over.
MORE: in my travelogue War.
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The worst traps are those...
The worst traps are those mined ones (see: dangers). Generally - do not expect too much. And always (in hotels, private accomodation) make sure about the price in advance.Add to your Trip Planner
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